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Finals Week Schedules

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Finals Week work schedules are ready. They are on the shelf in Mary's office.

This schedule begins on the LAST DAY OF CLASSES - Friday, May 7 and continues through Saturday, May 15.

Good luck to everyone on your Finals!

EBSCO Databases

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Hey everyone! I've created a quick video and slideshow tutorial on how to use the Databases and Indexes for finding scholarly articles. I focused the presentation on EBSCO in particular, because I think the interface is pretty easy to learn. Most of you know how to use our databases, but those of you who don't, check out the video, so that when students ask you at the desk about them you'll be able to help them. You can find the video in the training section, or click here.

CLEANING UPDATE

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All,

Custodians will be cleaning carpets & floors in the building on Friday night and Saturday morning before noon.

Friday night:
Hallway by loading dock
Foundation Level

Saturday Morning:
2nd Floor Office Hallway

Thanks,
Kristia

MLAC Cavern Tour

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Lysa, Shannon, Micah, and I took a tour of the MLAC caverns. TIm McClusky was kind enough to show us around and to share his incredible knowledge of the construction and the collection. The caverns were dug out of the St.Peters limestone than runs under the entire twin cities. There are two caverns, two football fields long. Preformed concrete arches line the walls of the cavern and the ceiling is comprised of the limestone bedrock underneath the West Bank. We were 85 feet below the surface and it was chilly. Here are some pictures. They're really blurry, I blame my cheap camera.

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This is the MLAC cavern. The other cavern is for the archives collection. Seventeen foot ceiling.

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Books are arranged by size, not by subject, and are kept in blurry boxes that can be pulled out by pickers. No really, they look blurry in real life, I swear.

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The cavern walls outside the stacks.

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The loading dock. Several full length semis can fit in here at a time. Huge.

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Exposed sandstone cavern wall.

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The archives cavern. Supposedly, somewhere in there is a jar of pickled pigs feet that have some historical value. Why? They have a lot of odd, fascinating items in the archives collection.

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This is the world's largest book, according to Guiness Book of World Records. It's hard to judge the scale, but believe, it's big. Like four feet tall. We conjectured that it was made by giants, that's why such a large book would be created.

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This is the actual street sign from the famous address of Sherlock Holmes. The archives has the largest collection of Sherlock Holmes related materials in the world.

Overall, it was really cool to see the collection and the caverns. We even saw the room where the Google Book project is taking place and the "black op" book trucks that Google uses. They're big trucks covered in black tarp covers. They're all about the secrecy. I would've taken a picture, but I feared Google agents would show up with cease and desist papers.

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Thanks!

SURVEY

Students in Phys 1102, College Physics, have been asking if we have the Solutions Manual on reserve for the textbook College Physics: a strategic approach.

We are unable to place the Solutions Manual on Reserve due to a Physics department agreement with the publisher limiting the use of this text. Students may buy the Manual in the bookstore.

Figure in nametags

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Thanks to mystery artist!

Hungry?

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Let's all go get some food then!

Actually, I was hoping to get some people together to go out to dinner on Sunday around 6ish at Sally's! Everyone is invited, so come!!! It'll be a grand time.

2 shifts available!!

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Hello, I've got a couple shifts that I would like someone to take! The first one is this Thursday, April 22 from 4-6, and the next is Tuesday April 27 from 7:45-10. I know this is not the most desirable shift but I really need someone!!! I would really appreciate it if these two shifts could be covered. Even if you can just do one hour of either of these. Thank you so much! Kathryn

Friday April 23

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Attention All:

I must attend a function this Friday (April 23). The shift is from 2-6 pm. Its composition is 3 hours of second floor desk and one hour of break/shelving. Any help in this matter would be appreciated.

Sincerely,
John S. Pasowicz

MLAC Tour

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A tour of the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC) will be on Friday April 23th from 12:00 to 1:00. MLAC is a high density storage facility for Minnesota academic, public and governmental libraries. It is located 82 feet underground in a large 600 foot cavern carved out underneath the University of Minnesota's West Bank Campus. The facility currently has over 1,357,000 volumes!

If you're interested, please let Amy know by Tuesday (4/20) and feel free to join in on the fun. You will be paid for attending. We will meet at 11:45 on the 23rd in the book return room then head on over there as a group.

Summer

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Summer is ALMOST here! I know some of you are graduating, others are going home for the summer and perhaps have other work opportunities. I have posted summer availability sheets for most everyone on the bulletin board. Even if you are not working, please turn in your sheets indicating just that. There are 4 sheets for everyone - Break 1, May Term, Summer Term and Break 2.

Thanks, Amy

MoNdAy

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Hey fellow Librarians!
I put a shift up on the board for Monday, from 10:00-2:00, and someone swipped up the hours from 10-12, so I was hoping someone could take from noon till 2. I'm going home this weekend and I was going to plan on driving back on Monday so I could hang with my dad (he's out of town till Sunday night). So yeah....it'd be uber nice.

Thanks!
Shannon

please take this shift!

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Hey guys, since no one took my shift last saturday can someone PLEASE take it this saturday! Its 4-9 and a great opportunity to get some studying done, as I'm sure we all have papers and exams coming up.

sat the 10th

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Hey guys sorry to be a pain but I REALLY need someone to take my shift this sat, if you can't take the whole 12-9 could someone PLEASE take at least the 4-9 (but preferably all because I don't want to drive in the dark). I have to go home this weekend to start finalizing my living situation this summer and get some things. I would be so grateful if someone could take this shift!

Kimberly

Be there or be ^2

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Caliente!

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Tuesday 4/6/10

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Hey guys!
So I see no one has not taken my shift for tomorrow. I work 3 to 8 and I can't make it because I have orientation at the Children Museum for my new volunteer job. Mostly for 5 hours you just sit at the desk. I hope someone can take it or maybe split the shift into two.
Rosie

Sat Shift!

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Hey guys,
I was wondering if anyone would be able to take my shift this saturday the 10th from 12-9. It can also be split (12-4) and (4-9) if someone doesn't want the whole shift. Thanks!

Kim

Shoo Wop Do Wop

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Hourly Gate Counts

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We will be recording Hourly Gate Counts Sunday, April 4 - Saturday, April 10. Forms will be placed at each desk. Thanks for your help!

March gate counts

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March's total gate counts numbered 77,614. That's up from last year's 70,796. I've noticed that the 6PM counts were missed often in March at the second floor. Please remember to grab the gate counts if you're at the second floor at 6. Thanks!

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